Note: Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the VE Testing scheduled for March 28th has been cancelled. Keep posted by viewing the calendar to see when the next VE Testing will be scheduled.

Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm at new location:

The location is the La Plata County Administration Building located at 1101 E 2nd Ave in Durango.Parking is available in the parking lot North of the building.

The entrance to the meeting room is adjacent to the parking lot.

The Durango VE Team will be holding an Amateur Radio license testing session from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Session is open to all whether you’re testing for your first Amateur Radio license or you want to upgrade!

The “Durango VE Team Test Instructions” file, located in the “Files” section of our Facebook group has links to a number of on line resources, many free, which include flash cards and practice exams. Hint: Search “Durango VE Team” on Facebook.

It also answers a number of questions that people have had over the years, so look at that file and most questions will be answered. If you have a question that is not addressed in that file ask.

The file also has information and the link to obtain your FCC ID (FRN), which you will need to put on your application. Once you obtain your FRN that same file has the link to the testing registration page. Once you decide which test you are coming too please sign up ASAP.

Register at:

1 pm to 4 pm:  To  be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road, Durango, CO 81301.  (Note: Walk-ins will only be accepted until 2:30 PM)

Cost:  Free

Bring Photo ID for new license.  If you are upgrading your current license, bring photo ID and any CSCE certificate.  Also bring a pencil and a simple calculator.

Pre-Registration is encouraged so we may have the paperwork ready to go when you come for your exam.

For more information and to pre-register, email us at :

Durango Amateur Radio Club

The Durango Amateur Radio Club otherwise known as “DARC” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the “Ham” hobby, public service and education for Ham radio operators of ages.  We also encourage youth to become Hams by working with our club members who represent a generational diversity and range of knowledge.

The club has been in existence for about 30 years and maintains 2 repeaters and a packet node. Please visit our “Repeaters and Frequencies ” page to see the list.

We want to welcome all people interested in Amateur Radio whether you have your license or are in the process of obtaining it.  Our club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road at 7:00 pm.

We have several members who are willing to be an “Elmer” to those who are just getting started.

Please visit our “Newsletter” page and download Zach Belnap’s latest and fabulous newsletter.

Thanks to John Kastak, the club now has a Face Book page.  Please visit our page at: and send us a “friend request.”

Club Participation At Public Service Events

Our club participates yearly in the following events:  Iron Horse Balloon Rally (Snow Down weekend), Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (Saturday on Memorial Day weekend), Hard Rock 100 (July in Silverton) and Silverton Ultra Marathon (August???).  Please go to our “Calendar” page on this site for dates, times and necessary information if you want to participate.

Emergency Response

Several club members work with La Plata Search and Rescue. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to participate.  The club has also participated in other community emergencies such as the Missionary Ridge Fire.

Carol Lewin, Administrator, KC6ECO